Dr. Văduva is a successful Romanian-American entrepreneur with extensive international experience in marketing and sales in both U.S. and Romanian companies. Having immigrated to the US in 1989 at the age of 12, he started his first business at 17 and his second one three years later. After completing his undergraduate studies with a marketing degree, he obtained his MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management at CWRU at the height of the dot.com boom and bust, experiencing the ups and downs of the technology wave. In 1999 he became one of the youngest International Business and Marketing instructors at the University of Akron and in 2001, the director of The Center for Organizational Development within that university. At the same time he was co-directing a sizable US State Department grant under which he pursued a doctoral degree at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest in the area of comparative entrepreneurial systems and mentalities. In 2004 he was recruited by the Fulbright commission as an international MBA program director and in 2005 became the Dean of the Griffiths School of Management. As the Managing Director of Advanced Solutions, Sebastian has delivered over 6.000 hrs. of corporate executive education in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial mentality, communication and presentation, sales and marketing, customer orientation, team management and motivation, etc. Over the last three years his work has been predominantly in the Romanian IT sector where he continues to train, mentor and coach numerous companies in the broad area of talent development. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Griffiths School of Management and IT.
Advanced Solutions is a specialized niche consultancy, which operates in the field of business consulting, training, business and academic research. The company was established by a senior consultant with over 16 years of experience in the American and Romanian business environment in areas such as business development, trainings and specialized market research. Advanced Solutions is in partnership with the Griffiths School of Management and has closely collaborated on various projects since 2004. Also, it has established International Business Consulting, a US based company, which offers specialized consulting services to Anglo-Saxon market. Advanced Solutions has developed and delivered integrated training programs on talent development and soft skills: over 20 extensive topics developed; over 6000 hours of management and soft skills training; over 1000 people have been exposed to Advanced Solutions’ expertise.
Griffiths School of Management
Emanuel University was founded in 1990, one year after the fall of Communism in Romania. The University’s vision is to teach business and management skills underpinned by a strong foundation of Christian faith, and its aim is to develop a culture of excellence with integrity in the Romanian market place. The business school within Emanuel University was named the Griffiths School of Management in honor of a man who helped to spearhead the launching of the school, Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach and it received the full government accreditation. Key to the University’s success to date has been the commitment of teaching staff to high standards of performance, unaffected by the corruption that has afflicted so many educational establishments in Eastern Europe. The commitment to integrity together with the emphasis on practical application of theory has enabled graduates rapidly to be of real value for employers. The strength of Griffiths School of Management is the weaving of a dynamic and eager business community of students, faculty, business and community partners and alumni from Romania and the rest of the world. This community truly represents the phenomenon of global diversity and interacts together in order to promote the vibrant exchange of ideas and solutions to new business challenges.
Cityside Education is an apolitical, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 2012. The objective of this association is to invest in people and to contribute to the development and the information of the youth generation through the creation of informational packages, promotion and popularization of science through pupils, students and professors, accomplishing research projects and organizing conferences and lectures. These projects were done by the Cityside Association along with its partners in Romania and in the USA. These are some of the accomplished projects: The Perspectives over International Competition and Top Management: The Barometer Romanian Leadership in 2012. The partners of Cityside are Romcom Foundation, Sourcematch, Advanced Solutions and Emanuel University of Oradea.